I have a 3D modeling BS degree program lined up at East Tennessee State University in the spring of 2016 (may postpone until fall of 2016). My biggest fear is that I will spend all my money on this degree and not be able to find a job when I graduate. I went to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) website and found that employment prospects for digital 3D artists is expected to grow by only about 6% domestically USA from now through 2020. This is below the average growth rate of about 8-9% for most industries in the USA. Can any 3D modeler insiders give me any information about future employment prospects in the USA and separately abroad for this industry.
It will be hard for me to move abroad after I graduate because I will spend most of my savings on this degree, so I was hoping I could get employment domestically first. If employment prospects for 3D modeling are dim, I have an online degree in computer programming lined up for 1/3 of the cost and may become a software engineer (i.e. video-game programmer). The BLS states that domestic employment prospects for software engineers (I think game programming fits this category) is 22% through 2020. Even though I like the art field more, I also like programming and have college classes in C and assembly language, and would go this route if it means I can find employment more easily than as a 3D modeler. That just reality…a person’s gotta live right?